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[mis-hap, mis-hap] /ˈmɪs hæp, mɪsˈhæp/
an unfortunate accident.
1300-50; Middle English; see mis-1, hap
misadventure, mischance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mishaps
  • What follows is a brief account of a bizarre series of mishaps that eventually found their way into a courtroom.
  • During the course of its seven-year trip, the spacecraft has suffered a string of mishaps.
  • Signs warned us of multiple-choice mishaps, from falling rock to a dangerous undertow.
  • But he obviously knew his way across those shallow flats, because there were no mishaps.
  • Although there were a few mishaps she has been a wonderful dog.
  • But after this latest string of mishaps, he could not bear the uncertainty any longer.
  • At the level of genetic material, mishaps occur now and then during gene recombination.
  • The prion's stubbornness caused many unfortunate medical mishaps in the days before researchers knew what they were dealing with.
  • More than a third of the shoveling mishaps were lower-back injuries.
  • Tells bout a number of mishaps resulting from the great weight of the above-mentioned bestseller.
British Dictionary definitions for mishaps


an unfortunate accident
bad luck
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Word Origin and History for mishaps



early 14c., "bad luck, unlucky accident," from mis- (1) "bad" + hap "luck." Probably on analogy of Old French meschance (see mischance (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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